2 Samuel 9:8
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New International Version
Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?"

King James Bible
And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

Darby Bible Translation
And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

World English Bible
He did obeisance, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look on such a dead dog as I am?"

Young's Literal Translation
And he boweth himself, and saith, 'What is thy servant, that thou hast turned unto the dead dog -- such as I?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Will restore thee all the land - I believe this means the mere family estate of the house of Kish, which David as king might have retained, but which most certainly belonged, according to the Israelitish law, to the descendants of the family.

And thou shalt eat bread at my table - This was kindness, (the giving up the land was justice), and it was the highest honor that any subject could enjoy, as we may see from the reference made to it by our Lord, Luke 22:30 (note): That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. For such a person David could do no more. His lameness rendered him unfit for any public employment.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a dead dog

2 Samuel 3:8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head...

2 Samuel 16:9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray you...

1 Samuel 24:14,15 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea...

1 Samuel 26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea...

Matthew 15:26,27 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs...

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David and Jonathan's Son
'And David said, is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2. And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. 3. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. 4. And the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
1 Samuel 24:14
"Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?

2 Samuel 3:8
Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said. So he answered, "Am I a dog's head--on Judah's side? This very day I am loyal to the house of your father Saul and to his family and friends. I haven't handed you over to David. Yet now you accuse me of an offense involving this woman!

2 Samuel 16:9
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head."

2 Samuel 24:14
David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands."

2 Kings 8:13
Hazael said, "How could your servant, a mere dog, accomplish such a feat?" "The LORD has shown me that you will become king of Aram," answered Elisha.

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